Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style
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Brushes and Nibs8:57
Ink and Paper8:27
Bonus Video: Da Vinci Artist Supply1:50
Setting Up Your Materials3:41
Asian Brushes vs. Watercolor Brushes5:20
Brushstroke and Nib Techniques8:47
Calligraphy with Ai Tatebayashi6:20
Illustrating Textures, Part One9:27
Illustrating Textures, Part Two9:19
Sketching and Scanning7:19
Inking Your Sketch8:12
Final Touches and Tips6:03
About This Class
Master your illustration hand with award-winning Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu’s exquisite, detailed guide to essential inking and drawing techniques!
From selecting the best materials in the art store to digging into inking textures and styles, both the novice artist and the established inker will benefit from this all-access, on-location, 90-minute class. Lessons include:
- Basic brush, nib, and ink techniques
- Asian vs. watercolor brushes
- Illustration textures
- Sketching and scanning essentials
- Inking fundamentals
Glimpse into Yuko’s personal critique process, and build skills that allow you to experiment in illustration, comic art, and high contrast. Nothing is more beautiful than brush and ink!
Images courtesy Yuko Shimizu
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I found the explanations of supplies while actually IN the art supply store to be so helpful! Yuko talked about the pros & cons of everything needed for inking, which, for someone just getting started, is a brilliant illumination. Her skills, techniques, and understanding of this medium are inspiring and make inking approachable. I highly recommend this class with three enthusiastic thumbs up!
Yuko Shimizu is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and a veteran instructor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Newsweek Japan chose Yuko as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects" in 2009. Her first self-titled monograph was released world-wide in 2011 and her first children's book, Barbed Wire Baseball, published in 2013.
Her work has appeared on t-shirts for The Gap and NIKE, on Pepsi cans, on VISA billboards, and on Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on book covers published by Penguin, Scholastic, DC Comics. Her work has also graced the pages of such publications as The New York Times, Time, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and many others.
In fact, illustration is Yuko’s second career. Although art has always been her passion, she initially chose a more practical path studying advertising and marketing. Early in her career, she took a job in corporate PR in Tokyo, and she stayed in the industry for 11 years. In 1999, sensing an early midlife crisis, she finally made up her mind to pursue her childhood dream, and she moved to New York to study art for the first time.
Yuko graduated with an MFA from SVA’s Illustration as Visual Essay Program in 2003, and she has been illustrating ever since. She now teaches the next generation of young artists in NYC at SVA and online at Skillshare.
(photo by Giorgio Arcelli)